My 9th Half Marathon

Hey there SuperStarrs, it’s Super Cool that I’m able to chat about My 9th Half Marathon!!! It’s hard to really tell ya the spiritual feeling I had holding my guitar bling, looking at the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame Pyramid & realizing, what was once a Dream & Desire, just happened!!! This trip was so full of Awesomeness that I can’t possibly write about it all in one post. It started with me picking up my race packet as soon as we got to Cleveland, Ohio.

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The Arcade in Cleveland, Ohio

While there I found a cool coffee shop called Rising Star Coffee Roasters. Of Course I love coffee & being a Starr I had to check it out, even though I already had Starbucks in hand. LOL!!!

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Inside Entrance 

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Coffee Break

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SuperStarr Coffee

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Outside Entrance 

Then we headed to check out the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & meet up with my friend Cristy & her family!!!  I will make a future post with more from that visit because it’s gotta have it’s own. Such a cool place that every music lover should check out!!!

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Cristy & I With Our Munchkins!!!

We spent the entire day there before parting ways so they could head home & I could sleep. The next morning was the Half Marathon Race.  Now here’s some videos of this Amazing race!!!

 

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Start

 

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Finish

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Getting My Bling!!!

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Deborah Busy Bee!!!

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My Feet Hurt From Kicking My Own Butt!!!

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My 9th Half Marathon

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Miguel My Running Buddy This Race.

On the way home from the race we had to make a stop at A Christmas Story House . For years growing up I’ve spent every Christmas Eve watching this classic movie.  So when planning the trip to Cleveland, Ohio I knew this was a must stop.  It was AMAZING & the kids had so much fun.  I will post more of our visit on a later time closer to Christmas. Here is a few pics for now.

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Ralphie’s Red Ryder Rifle!!!

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A Major Award!!! Actually I’m Wearing Mine Around My Neck!!!

After having fun at the house we the headed home but stopped on the way to have dinner & ice cream @ Ducky’s Snowballs with Cristy & her family.

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Cristy & I

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Our Boys, Ethan & Kaleb w/ Melody!!!

It’s so Great that our kids get along so well & they never want to leave. So that was our time in Cleveland & we all agree that CLEVELAND ROCKS!!! 🙂

It’s AMAZING that my next race is gonna take me into double digits!!!  I will forever be able to say that I’ve ran 10 Half Marathons in 7 states in 3 years time!!!  And to think back that it all started with a Dream to finish just one.  God is so AMAZING!!!  Seriously SuperStarrs if He can take me from sitting on the couch doing movie marathons to running 9 half marathons, He can do anything for anyone who dares to dream!!!  I believe that the dreams inside us is there because He put them there!!!  So whatever you got stirring in you, start now going for it.  It’s Your life.  Believe in Your Dreams!!!  Ask God for help & put your faith in Him!!!

SuperStarrs What’s Your Dream???

What are ya doing to make it a reality???

Make Healthy Choices & Be Patience “In The Weighting”.

My 1st Belly Dance Performance!!!

Hello SuperStarrs!!!  I’m so EXCITED to share all about the weekend I had at the Old English Faire!!! So I know y’all are used to me chatting with y’all about running & my races but, today I am chatting about something Super Cool!!! Belly Dancing!!!  I’m sharing how I got started & all about my 1st time dancing in front of audience.

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Here are our performances in the King’s tent at the Old English Fairie.

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Celtic 

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Persian Gypsy

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Chicky

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Chicky (sleeveless because it got HOT!!!)

 

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My Teacher Pava is BEAUTIFUL!!! She just turned 73!!!  She proves that by staying active & healthy, it’s the BEST anti-aging EVER!!! So instead of buying $100 anti wrinkle cream, take a dance class!!!

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All the Lovely Ladies that I got to dance & share the weekend with!!!

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SuperStarrs is there something that you’ve always wanted to try???

Why haven’t you yet???

Has fear stopped you from starting??

What steps can you take to get started???

How would having fun & learning something new help you to stay active & healthy???

Has fear stopped you from even trying???

Remember that YOU are a SuperStarr & get going!!!

Make Healthy Choices while you are “In The Weighting”!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My 8th Half Marathon

Hey SuperStarrs it so AMAZING to me that I have ran 8 Half Marathons in 5 different States!!!  How Super Cool is that!!!  This race was in the State of Tennessee.  The Rock N Roll Half Marathon Nashville.  April, 28th 2018.  Below is the videos of my start, finish & getting my bling on race day.  The last video is me sharing my race experience.  Enjoy!!!

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My 8th Half Marathon Start!!!

I am so Thankful for my family for getting up so early to cheer me on & for not complaining about how long they waited.  LOL!!!

 

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My Finish!!!

It was a very HOT run!!!  This race I didn’t run with my water belt.  I survived but was super thirsty & will probably never do that again, along with wearing all black!!!

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Getting My Bling!!!

My Amazing Husband did a great job filming from a tree to get these videos!!!

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My Race Experience

 

Is there someone or something slowing you down???

How can you correct that???

Are you using your time to your benefit???

What are your future health goals???

Remember You are a SuperStarr!!!

Be patient & make healthy choices while you are “In The Weighting“!!!

Top 10 Safety Tips For Running Outdoors!!!

Hello SuperStarrs!!!  Today I’m sharing tips on how to stay safe while running outdoors.  I’ve been running outdoors now for over 2 years and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!  I LOVE the fresh air. I LOVE the sunshine.  I LOVE the scenery changing.  I LOVE being outside with the seasons changes.  I LOVE waving to people and seeing the neighborhood dogs. I LOVE seeing the flowers and trees blooming.  I LOVE early morning sunrise Summer runs.  I LOVE the falling leaves in the Fall. I LOVE crunching in fresh fallen snow.  However I know that with running outdoors can cause some fear in some people. Especially when just getting started.  That’s why I am sharing with y’all what I’ve experienced, so that you can shake off that fear.  When you have planned ahead & are aware then, you can lace up & getting going!!!

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I’ve heard people talk about being fearful to go out for a walk, run or ride by themselves.  It saddens me when I hear of anyone being controlled or held back by fear.  I totally believe that we should use wisdom like I shared in the video and probably not go running in the woods alone.  However I do think sometimes people don’t even realized they are being held back by fear and worry.  It make me think of in Proverbs where it talks about

“The sluggard says, “There’s a lion out there! If I go outside, I might be killed!” 22:13

“The lazy person claims “There’s a lion on the road! Yes I’m sure there’s a lion out there!” 26:13

So many times people can waste time worrying about things that will never happen.  Sometimes people like to find their excuse and then they feel better about staying the same.  When people think of the worst case scenario and allow that to be their reason for not making a positive change then, they are living in fear.  They are believing the lies of fear, rather than believing what God says.  2 Timothy 1:7 God tells us that He hasn’t given us a Spirit of fear but He gives us Power, Love and Self-Discipline!!!  I choose to believe and live in Power, Love and Self-Discipline!!! SuperStarrs I  pray that you want it too.  I believe if you are still reading then you do want it too!!! It’s up to YOU to go get it!!!

SuperStarrs, do you walk, run or ride outdoors alone???

If so, do you have any tips that you can share with the class???

What fears have been holding you back from taken your workouts outdoors???

How are you gonna live in Power, Love and Self-Discipline???

Be Patient & Make Healthy Choice while you are In The Weighting!!!

2 Lacing Tips For Runners!!!

Hello SuperStarrs, I’m excited to share with you 2 Lacing tips for your Running shoes!!!  Both of them were very helpful to me & so I’m passing on the knowledge to y’all.  Watch the video below to hear them & I’ll show you how to do them both.

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So now that you know the Runners’ Lock you can lace up and get going 🙂  Whether you are a runner or walker it’s a helpful tip.  As the days are getting warmer & lighter it’s a reminder that Spring will be here soon!!! Spring & Fall weather is some of my favorite times of being outside.  Spring is great because it’s the season of new life and new beginnings!!!

SuperStarrs please let me know if you try them & if they have helped ya!!!

What is your favorite season of exercising outside???

How are you gonna create a new beginning this Spring???

Remember you are a SuperStarr!!!

Make Healthy choices while you are “In The Weighting“.

 

 

 

Purpose Of Winter!!!

Hey SuperStarrs, when I started getting healthy, I began saying “I want to wear out, not rust out!!!”.  Basically meaning I realized I wanted to age well & be able to use my body until I can’t anymore, rather than “rusting out” like the Tin Man.  Just sitting around until nothing works anymore.  I’ve seen many older people just sit around & then when they want to be able to do something physically, they can’t because they didn’t maintain their physical fitness.  While working in the salon, there were many woman who would come in to have their hair washed & styled each week, because their arms were too weak to do their own hair.  I learned then, that if we don’t use it, we loose it!!!  So that fired me up to keep my strength up & get moving.  However, God has been teaching me lately that it’s ALL about balance!!! In either direction it can be harmful.  Truth is I don’t want to wear out either!!!  I want to stay healthy & strong all the days of my life.  So if you have seen or heard me say before that “I want to wear out not rust out”.  I’m sorry & still on my Journey of “In The Weighting“.  As God teaches me along the way, I will continue to share & be real with y’all.  Watch video to hear me share more.

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Recently I had a day where I was just exhausted.  I was struggling to keep my eyes open. My Monday morning started off normal and so I went running off into the day checking things off my to-do list.  Kids off to school, Run done, Showered, House Cleaning done and then I realized that I could squeeze in a nap before the kids got home.  So as I was laying so thankful that I was blessed with this moment to rest, I started thinking of other things I could be doing if I didn’t nap & asking myself “Who naps in the middle of the day???  Really who does this???” realizing I hadn’t done this since the kids were little & still getting up thru out the night.  Just as I was starting to feel a bit guilty for taking a much needed rest, I felt the Holy Spirit whisper to me ” Not everyone has ran 16+ miles, served at church, taken care of family members problems, encouraged others online, worked on a Baby Shower & Birthday party, all while still taking care of their own family by serving them by all that it takes being a Wife & Mom in the past 72 hours!!!”  I then realized I had earned & truly needed the rest my body was s l o w l y telling me to take.  The body can only take so much before it says “I’m done. Outta fuel. Battery empty”.  Isn’t funny SuperStarrs how we won’t let our cell phones run down until they die or allow our cars to run out of gas but we somehow allow it for ourselves.  That’s so not right because truth is we can buy another cell phone or car but we only have this one body, period.  No matter how advanced Science & Medicine gets, nothing will ever replace us!!!  We take time to refuel our cars when the low fuel light comes on.  We charge our cell phones nightly so that we will wake up to a fully charged battery for the day, but how many people don’t take the time to sleep to make sure they are fully charged for the day???   If the dirt, trees & flowers take time to rest & recharge, with only one job to do, then that should show us how much more we need it!!!  If you struggle with getting a good night’s rest check out “Where To Start” to hear more!!!

I hope to get ya to take some time to slow down where you can & purposely schedule rest for yourself.  Look at what you are doing & ask yourself if you really need to be doing that task.  Or can someone else help or take over???  There are things that only we can do but then there are other things we just do.  Where can you get help?  If you can hire it done great!!! I’m not talking like we can all afford maids & personal assistants.  However do you have a child you can train to take over the task while giving them a few bucks???  Even if it’s not done exactly how you’d like, a half swept floor is better than an unswept floor!!! Remember they are in training!!! How many years have you been doing it your way???  Ya never know they could surprise you with a better way!!! If you don’t have kids or they are grown, what about a niece or a neighbor kid??? What about where you serve? Are there others that you can train so that you can have a break sometimes???  Are there things you are doing simply because you have always done it but nobody even cares about it but you??? I’ve been totally guilty of this one!!!  There are certain traditions or decorating that my family doesn’t care about if they get done or not.  So if my chalkboard doesn’t get a new saying weekly or monthly 😉 there’s no real harm done.  They don’t even notice until it’s changed and even then they are not keeping track of when it was done last.  My point is that we sometimes just do more than what we really need to do.  That can add stress & anxiousness that steals our peace, joy & rest!!!

So SuperStarrs How are gonna purposely get rest???

Do you already practice rest??? If so please share any tips with us!!!

What are you gonna do differently with your schedule???

Who can you get to help you???

When are you gonna take time for your God Date???

Remember You are a SuperStarr!!!

Be patient & make healthy choices while you are “In The Weighting“!!!

You Can Ask

SuperStarrs, I want you to know that, You Can Ask God for whatever you are dreaming of!!!  Maybe you have Never heard that before and think it sounds selfish.  Maybe you have but you are just not asking.  In today’s video I am sharing all about asking and to keep asking!!!  This video is proof that God answers us if we take it to Him, ask and work towards what we are dreaming.  Us working towards it, is us showing Him our faith that we believe that He will help us to achieve it.   Whatever “It” is.

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God Loves You More than you could ever love yourself!!!  He wants you to do Great things. He wants you to have Peace, Love, Joy, & Success.  As I am putting this post all together I am being reminded of this truth!!! This video was recorded in July of this past Summer & as I was watching & editing it I realized that I am looking at the face of the old me. Even though it was just a few months ago I can totally see in my face that God is still moving me towards my end goal.  Step by Step, pound by pound. So incase you were watching this video & wondering if I have gained weight back, NO. I just had others that I wanted to share before posting this message.  However the Super Cool thing is that sometimes we can think that the progress we have made isn’t really making a difference. Then you see yourself in a video or picture & realize that progress is happening!!! I’m here to tell ya every bit is still progress & it IS making a difference.  Not just in your life but, in every person that is watching you!!!  Just the other day as I was going thru the Starbucks drive-thru, the baristas, two of them said “Girl you are shrinking so small. Your face is so different.”.  Of course it TOTALLY brighten my day, in fact today I’m still talking about it!!! 🙂  My point is that they see me every time I treat myself to delicious Starbucks. Which might be pretty frequent. 😉  They can tell that God is doing an Amazing Healing in me.  Another Super Cool experience of this happening was last year at Joyce Meyer Love Life Conference.  I’ll never forget talking with a couple ladies before a session & when they asked me my age.  I told them & they both responded with “Wow I though you were in your 20’s!!!”  That felt so Amazingly Super Cool!!! Especially since I’m 37 & getting closer to 40 than my 30’s. You can’t buy anything anti-aging like that!!!  An added bonus of losing weight slow & controlled is your skin has time to tighten up while it’s healing.  God used the healing of my skin to be able to show these ladies the benefits of drinking water, sleeping & eating from God’s garden.  That it’s not just weight loss, there is so much more to be able to enjoy on this journey!!! I was able to share with them my website & social media accounts so that they could continue hearing me share my story of healing.  While they all are watching this Determined Debbie do this Amazing transformation it opens the door for them to ask me how & what I am doing.  That’s when I am able to share Jesus with them.  Because I can’t share my story without sharing Jesus.  He Is my story!!!  My pray & hope is that they will be inspired of what God can do for them!!!  What God has done for me He can & wants to do for them too!!!  And for YOU!!!  Just start asking & He will lead & guide you where He wants to take you.  Who would of thought that God could use someone losing weight & getting healthy to share His message of Healing & Hope.  He did!!!

SuperStarrs Remember Matthew 7:7-12 Keep Asking, Keep Seeking, Keep Knocking!!!

What have you been wanting to ask God for???

When are you gonna start asking???

Who will be effected or inspired from watching you on your “In The Weighting” Journey???

SuperStarrs, what are you waiting for???

Ask, Seek & Knock.  God is waiting & listening.  Just ask!!!

Be patient & make healthy choices while you are “In The Weighting“!!!